Camel was formed in late 1971 by three former members of Philip Goodhand-Taits backing band, Doug Ferguson (4 April 1947, Carlisle, Cumbria, England; bass), Andy Ward (b. 28 September 1952, Epsom, Surrey, England; drums) and Andy Latimer (b. 17 May 1947, Guildford, Surrey, England; guitar, flute, vocals), and Pete Bardens (b. Peter Bardens, 19 June 1945, Westminster, London, England, d. 22 January 2002, Los Angeles, California, USA; keyboards). Bardens, whose pedigree included stints with Them and Shotgun Express, dominated the bands sound to the extent that they came to be known as Peter Bardens Camel, in deference to Peter Framptons Camel. As regular performers on the UK college circuit, it took an adaptation of the Paul Gallico childrens story, The Snow Goose, to put this foremost progressive band into the UK Top 30 in 1975. After the release of the following years Moonmadness, Ferguson departed, to be replaced by ex-Caravan...
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